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Man convicted of killing mother of his child receives life sentence

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Published on: Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A 47-year-old Forestville man, convicted of murdering the mother of his child, was sentenced to life in prison last week.

Fabian Shim was convicted of the homicide of Reina Natasha Lynch, said Angela Alsobrooks, state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, at a press conference on Friday in front of the county courthouse in Upper Marlboro.

“Mr. Shim killed the mother of his child simply to avoid paying child support,” Alsobrooks said. “He showed a complete disregard for Ms. Lynch’s life and the future well-being of his own child, who is now growing up without a mother or a father. I am very pleased at the work we did in this case that has ensured that Mr. Shim will never walk our streets again.”

Lynch was found dead inside a locked guard-shack at the FedEx facility in Beltsville on Nov. 11, 2006. She had been working the overnight guard shift and was found with shotgun wounds to the head and left breast.

There were no signs of forced entry, robbery or sexual assault.

Shim and Lynch had a 7-year-old daughter, but they had never lived together or been married. Lynch had initiated child support proceedings against Shim earlier in 2006, and they had been to a mediation hearing regarding the child support on Nov. 1, 2006.

On Nov. 12, 2006, a witness, who was later determined to be Shim’s girlfriend, called 911 to say that Shim had just confessed to her. She told police about a car that might contain the gun that was used. Police found the car and recovered a shotgun believed to be the weapon used to kill Lynch.

Shim originally went on trial in September 2007 and was convicted, but the verdict was overturned on appeal.

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